PM: Background checks conducted on all new ministers

Muhyiddin announcing his new Cabinet line-up on March 9,2020. – MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says the newly-named Cabinet passed background checks carried out by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the police.

He said this was in line with his aspiration to form a Cabinet that focuses on delivery, efficiency, transparency, was people-centric and with integrity.

"My Cabinet line-up comprises political leaders who are experienced as well as technocrats and individuals.

"To ensure that the Cabinet is one that has integrity, all members I announced have passed background checks," he said at the Prime Minister's Office while announcing the new Cabinet line-up on Monday (March 9).

He also announced a new structure where there will be four Senior Ministers to help him carry out his duties as Prime Minister.

"This includes chairing the Cabinet while I'm away. With the appointment of senior ministers, there is no need to appoint a deputy prime minister," he added.

The four senior ministers are Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (International Trade and Industry), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (Defence), Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof (Works), and Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin (Education).

The Prime Minister also announced the setting up of a new portfolio (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) under the Prime Minister's Department.

The minister in charge is Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili while his deputy is Datuk Hanifah Hajar Taib.

At the same time, he announced the setting up of the National Unity Ministry and an Environment Ministry.

The National Unity Ministry will be headed by Datuk Halimah Mohd Sadique while the Environment Minister is Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

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